John Clayton Adams was a landscape painter who lived at Edmonton and Guildford in Surrey.
Adams's subjects were mainly views of Surrey and the southern counties. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1863 and 1893 as well as at the Grosvenor Gallery and the New Gallery. He was a member of the New Watercolour Society and the Society of British Artists, which became the Royal Society of British Artists under the Presidency of JW in 1887. He was invited by the Committee of the Fine Art Society to attend JW's Ten o'Clock lecture in 1885.
UK census 1881 from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1971.